Some of you are going to scratch your head and wonder why I ever fell for the rhetoric of such a buffoon. Others still will say that he is just what America needs. Allow me to explain why I originally thought that he might make a great President in 2016.
Like many of us, I am tired of career politicians who spout promises and come to gridlock with no passage. Trump presented a different attitude and approach that was not "politically correct" and in line with what the party tells him to say. I agree with Mr. Trump on many issues. For example, the fact that we have become too politically correct that we are so concerned about what we say and how we are perceived. I also like that he has tackled the ever looming issue of illegal immigration and the securing of our borders.
Now allow me to elaborate on why Mr. Trump no longer has my support:
1) I can't stand by in good conscience and allow a man (whether publicly or privately) to degrade females and any other person that he disagrees with. As a gentleman, it is my responsibility to come to their defense and protect them. When I woke up this morning and heard what Trump said about Megyn Kelly with Fox News in response to her questions about past misogynistic sexist comments towards women, that was the nail in the coffin ("You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes...Blood coming out of her wherever...") No sir...I DON'T APPROVE!
2) After hearing Ben Carson the other night, I realized that there are other candidates that are not "career politicians" that express much wisdom before they speak. As a God fearing man, I have to put my support behind somebody that at the very least thinks before they speak. I am not naive enough to think that we are going to elect a God-Fearing person in the White House, although I will not stop praying for such a person. As a student of God's Word, I can't ignore what Proverbs says about a foolish man. Here are just a few examples:
"A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion."
Proverbs 18:2 ESV
"A fool gives vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back."
Proverbs 29:11 ESV
"A fools lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating."
Proverbs 18:6 ESV
The above passages seem to very accurately describe Mr. Trump.
3) I can't put my support behind somebody that doesn't think before he speaks and in the other hand holds the keys to the nuclear launch codes. We already speak out about Mr. Putin in Russia being that kind of man, so why would we want to elect another narcissistic egomaniac?
4) As much as I would like a businessman in the white house instead of an attorney that has been groomed since ivy league school for the political arena, it is incumbent upon me to be wise with my selection. I concede that there are many career politicians who are also businessmen, and in the inverse many career businessmen who act like politicians. We have to be cautious to not put a line in the sand one way or the other with our choice, but to look at each candidate individually during our evaluation.
5) As I teach my 9th & 10th graders in Sunday School, just because you can do something legally doesn't make it morally right. I disagree with Mr. Trumps attitude during the debate the other night in regards to his 4 prior corporate bankruptcies, as well as his prior political contributions (and expectations from those politicians). He very pridefully boasted about how he has legally "played the system" just as evey other business person has when it comes to his chapter filing of bankruptcies. He was also very proud that he has been able to hide behind the corporate veil, and had never personally filed bankruptcy. He was also very cocky when he said that he contributed to political campaigns (Hillary Clintons included) in order to demand favors from them when he needed them (He demanded that Hillary attend his wedding). I do not want this kind of corruption in Washington, therefore will not stand behind the flipancy of Mr. Trump endorsing these actions. I realized that my original fascination with him not being a career politician and speaking his mind, doesn't equate out to him being a man of character and integrity. There is a major difference between those two concepts when it comes to Mr. Trump.
My favorite passage in the Bible is found in Titus 3:1-7 ESV:
"Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteouseness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. "
So my friends, my intent is not to start banter back and forth on who is the best candidate on either side of the aisle. My challenge to you is be cautious and careful that you are not looking to elect a savior in Washington. True positive change will not come about unless this country turns from its wicked ways and puts Jehovah God back in control. I am no longer looking for a man that will lead me as a savior to fix the problems in this country, but one that is humble enough to get on his knees in the White House and pray this powerful passage:
"If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
II Chronicles 7:14 ESV
No sir Mr. Trump, I do not believe that you are that man...